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The Greatest Classic Rock Songs About Cars

The automobile has been a symbol of status, freedom and power for as long as we've been driving them. So it's no surprise that the car has been immortalized in song. For this playlist I focused on a genre that has produced a plethora of timeless car songs -- Classic Rock.

Now a few points I would like to make about the selection parameters before I get the inevitable comments like "HOW COULD YOU LEAVE OUT 'Motorbreath' by Metallica you idiot!".

1. SONG AVAILABILITY: If a song is not available at the time I created this playlist it is not included here. What makes a playlist column valuable is the fact that you can click the play button and listen to the songs in full, not just :30 samples. So, this rule automatically excludes worthy songs like "Baby You Can Drive My Car" by the Beatles and "Low Rider" by War.

2. GENRE: It had to be classic rock, no other genre was considered. Now I understand that many songs skirt the edges of the genre. So in some cases I chose to include borderline songs like the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe" and Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve", while in other cases I chose not to include songs if I felt they did not fit the "classic rock" genre. i.e.: "Brand New Cadillac" by The Clash, "Little Red Corvette" by Prince and "Motorbreath" by Metallica.

3. CARS: The playlist is "The Greatest Classic Rock Songs About CARS", not motorcycles or trucks. i.e.: no "Truck Driving Man" or "Born To Be Wild".

4. OPINION: Any list of songs is a list of opinions and a critic's job is to help you separate the wheat from the chaff. So if you think "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" or "Pink Cadillac" should be on this list, I'm here to let you know you're wrong and hopefully guide you from your folly. These songs should never be included in any list that features the word "Greatest" in the title."

So without further ado, I present the Greatest Classic Rock Songs About Cars:

1. Maybelline - Chuck Berry

2. Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix Experience

3. Red Barchetta - Rush

4. Going Mobile - The Who 

5. Highway Star - Deep Purple

6. Radar Love - Golden Earring

7. Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys

8. Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean 

9. I'm In Love With My Car - Queen

10. Cars Hiss By My Window - The Doors

11. She Loves My Automobile - ZZ Top

12. Rockin' Down The Highway - The Doobie Brothers 

13. Cadillac Ranch - Bruce Springsteen

14. Brand New Car - Rolling Stones

15. Long May You Run - Neil Young

16. She'll Drive The Big Car - David Bowie 

17. Let Me Be Your Car - Rod Stewart

18. Panama - Van Halen

19. She Has Funny Cars - Jefferson Airplane

20. Who Drove The Red Sports Car - Van Morrison

21. I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar 

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